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Report on Agriculture and. Gardening.

This month presents a confirmation of former observations, viz:, that after three or four weeks of very drying up weather, there ensues about the middle and towards the end of this month, a succession of rather copious showers; and hence the propriety of seizin°upon the latter half of November, and even the first half December, in preference to any earlier ■ period for planting the principal crop of Potatoes ; because, if these January showers find the potatoes advanced beyond a certain stage, the tubers are sure to take a second growth, and the quality of the crop to be injured.

General harvest, as to barley and oats, commenced about the 18th of the month,and wheat, although not general, about a week later; the crops, in sheaf, looking quite as well as anticipated . by former reports. Late potatoes andturnips, in some cases, appear at this date to be suffering from drought. Early- potatoes are, generally, a full crop, and of excellent quality; the market 1 beingfully supplied since the beginning of the month, and at moderate prices. From the beginning to the 13th, gardens have felt the want of rain: weeds have sprung up ■ very fast. Vegetables are looking,well. The lawns and flower gardens have required' additional y dressings. Gooseberries ripe about the end of the month. Rhubarb again growing vigorously and healthy. Towards the end of the month, however, vegetables and flowers have suffered -much from caterpillars of different sorts, and so numerous, that the leaves have suffered alike in the day as in the night — in the sun as in the shatle. The ripening and gathering of seeds commenced this month. . %* The Meteorological Tabjes, and Report on Agriculture and Gardening, hitherto sent ,- monthly to the New Zealand Company,- will be hereafter given in our columns, beginning with the monthly report for January, 1851. - , ~ r

The Editorial Committee of the " Otago Witness" regret that several errors crept into the first number. They feel that they suffer in this matter by comparison with the Otago News, which they have no hesitation in complimenting as the finest specimen of printing they have seen in the colony. The principal errors were, in the 19th line of the paragraph under the Government Census for " I did not say that I said Church of Scotland," read— "l did not say that; I said Free Church of Scotland;" and from the 14th line in the last paragraph but one of the article, transpose the third line, and after " for some of them at " read—" least have damaged their own property far more than that of the settlers at large," &c,

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Report on Agriculture and. Gardening., Otago Witness, Issue 2, 22 February 1851

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Report on Agriculture and. Gardening. Otago Witness, Issue 2, 22 February 1851